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Unformatted text preview: ... The states, who ratified the... U.S. Constitution, which reserves some powers for the States, delegates some powers to the Federal government, and allows some powers to be shared, or exercised by both. Federal Government State Government 5 Interpreting and Amending the Constitution Conflicting Theories: In the bedrock view, the purpose of a constitution is to state certain set principles. In the living-document view, a constitution states goals and is intended to change with time. In recent years the use of the living-document interpretation has expanded the powers of the federal government. 6 Amending the U.S. Constitution The Constitution has been amended, or changed in three ways: *Formal Amendment Only 27 formal amendments to the Constitution have been completed, though thousands have been proposed. Judicial Interpretation The U.S. Supreme Court has been called upon to apply the Constitution to many new situations, unforeseen to the document's original writers. By Practice In a few cases, the actions of government have established accepted practices which depart from the requirements of the Constitution. *Article V of...
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This note was uploaded on 05/12/2010 for the course BUS 2241 taught by Professor Mcguinnes during the Spring '10 term at Valencia.

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